Green Tea, Killing Cancer Cells Without Damaging Healthy Cells

A cup of green tea is not just a drink that can relieve thirst, more than that green tea is included in a row of drinks that have health benefits, one of them prevent cancer. Compounds in green tea are believed to kill oral cancer cells, but do not kill other healthy cells. Scientists at Penn State University, USA, found that compounds in green tea were able to target abnormal cells. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), is a compound found in green tea capable of killing oral cancer cells without damaging normal cells. Each gram of green tea contains 30-50 grams of EGCG. Polyphenolic compounds in green tea also help target mitochondrial cells and reduce the protective ability of cancer cells. Mitochondria are “powerhouses” or part of the cells responsible for converting sugars and oxygen into energy, necessary for the cell to function. teh hijau“It seems that EGCG plays a role in damaging the mitochondria, and continues to produce cycles that cause more damage until the cells die,” says Joshua Lambert, one of the researchers. In this study, researchers looked at the growth between cancer cells and normal cells that the EGC had given on petri dishes. The results showed that EGCG directly affected sirtuin 3, (SIRT3) is an important protein that stimulates mitochondrial function and is an antioxidant response. Another benefit of EGCG is an antioxidant that is 10 times stronger than antioxidant vitamin C and 100 times stronger than vitamin E. In June last year, Wai-Nang Lee of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute found that EGCG was able to inhibit LDHA activity, an enzyme associated with pancreatic cancer. In addition, the data show that drinking green tea regularly can help improve mental health, fight diabetes, help weight loss, treat gum disease and be able to control cholesterol. Green tea has also been shown to be effective in combating breast, ovarian, intestinal, skin, abdominal, lung and bladder cancers

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